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City leaders come up with improvement plan for e-scooters

Posted: 8:49 PM, Jan 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-08 00:32:45-05
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TUCSON, Ariz. — E-scooters were a topic of discussion -- once again -- at Tuesday's Tucson City Council meeting.

It's been about four months since e-scooters first arrived in Tucson , and city leaders are still trying to work out some of the kinks in the program. Neighborhood associations and businesses have expressed concerns over safety and enforcement .

In December, the City Council requested Bird and Razor come up with an action plan to help tackle problems , such as sidewalk riding and scooters cluttering sidewalks and business doorways.

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Since then, the companies began providing free helmets to riders who ask for one. They have also encouraged helmet use and proper parking by offering incentives, such as a discount off a future ride.

Tens of thousands of e-scooter rides have been taken since the pilot program launched in September. It's generated revenue for the city, but not everyone on the council is in favor of them. Ward 6 Council member Steve Kozachik has been opposed to e-scooters since the beginning.

Bird and Razor say they are now working on improving e-scooter access to low income residents and implementing penalties for riders who don't follow safety guidelines.

The city is also collecting survey data from users and non-users through March.